My Darkest Days
My Darkest Days


2.5
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Review

by Fravashis USER (1 Reviews)
September 23rd, 2010 | 15 replies


Release Date: 2010 | Tracklist

Review Summary: My Darkest Days sold their souls to pierce the mainstream, with mediocre results.

Before the release of their self titled debut album, My Darkest Days were hardly known within their own home Province of Ontario; let alone the rest of the world. However, Nickelback's Chad Kroeger did hear them and liked what he heard. He immediately signed them to his very own 604 records, home of such acts as Theory of A Deadman and Thornley. The problem begins here as My Darkest Days struggles throughout the album to find their identity and just end up sounding like one of the many Post Grunge bands, such as Theory of a Deadman and Nickelback, dominating rock radio.

I'll get this out of the way for the sake of objectivity. I was a fan of My Darkest Days well before the release of their debut album when they were still posting demos to their independent myspace, I don't know if this flavors my review either way, as I've tried to look at the album objectively but its worth pointing out.

The first track Move Your Body encapsulates the issues of the album quite well. There is a good idea buried in the song, the chorus riff is goddamn catchy and theres technically nothing wrong with the song but it just reeks of mediocrity. The lyrics drag the song down, as tends to be the case when lyricist/singer Matt Walst tries to channel his inner Chad Kroeger and the song just doesnt lead anywhere. Walst is at his best lyrically when he is wallowing in angst and self pity, when he tries to act like a womanizing cliché rock star it just comes across as fake. This isn’t the only case of Walst trying to sound like Kroeger unfortunately, as Kroeger has co-writing credit on almost every song on the album.

The second track Porn Star Dancing is the lead single and is My Darkest Days best attempt at capturing the mood of a care free party rock track. But it is also here that you can see the corporate machine turning its hardest. There is no doubt that this song has hooks to last for days, and its currently tearing up the Canadian charts. Black Label Society front man Zakk Wylde lends his guitar chops to the song handling lead guitar duties and laying down a great solo. But why would Zakk give a damn about My Darkest Days" He isn't mentioned in the thank you's of the album, and doesn't seem to have any connection to the band, the same goes for the bonus version of the song featuring Ludacris. It all just seems like a calculated by the numbers attempt to generate a number one single. That feeling comes across for much of the album, it all feels very sterile.

This is not to say that the album is a waste of time entirely, My Darkest Days are indeed talented song writers when they stay honest to themselves. Tracks like Every Lie and Can’t Forget You just work better than the party rock tracks on the album. The boys in MDD seem to thrive in the Linkin Park pity party. Every Lie (which interestingly enough has a co writing credit from Three Days Grace drummer Neil Sanderson) focuses on the infidelity of a loved one, while Can’t Forget You is about being haunted by the memory of someone months after they are gone. The one knuckleball on the album is a cover of “Come Undone” by Duran Duran. The song features country/pop Jessie James and Walst uses falsetto in certain places quite well. The lyrics of the song match the mood that MDD seem most comfortable in and the song seethes for its 4:09 duration.

The standout track on the album, however, belongs to the final track; Goodbye. The music is angry and moves, the lyrics are melancholy yet still retain an upbeat melody which carries the song “What’s she doing in the tub, she’s shooting up the junk again, all the water in the sink couldn’t wash her clean in my head and I’m leaving. Dealing with the needles leaning over your shoulder, its over.”

The most frustrating thing about the album is that many of the band’s demo’s available years ago are better than the versions of the songs that ended up on the album. Save Me is the most obvious example of this. The song had its angsty guts torn from it and replaced with an odd out of place song about needing someone’s love. I would advise you look up the old demo of the song and then the album version to see just how hard these guys sold out.
In conclusion, there are some good tracks on the album, but the band sold themselves out for a chance at stardom. They just don’t have the brashness to pull it off though and it ends up feeling forced and fake. I believe these guys have a good album in them, but they need to be true to themselves.

Reccomended Tracks:
Every Lie
Can’t Forget You
Goodbye
Porn Star Dancing


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Intothepit
September 23rd 2010


3434 Comments


"My Darkest Days sold their souls to pierce the mainstream, with mediocre results."

Lol. Kroger from Nickelback found them. Explain to me how they "sold their souls to pierce the mainstream" when the most mainstream artist is the one who signed them?

Emim
September 23rd 2010


27657 Comments


The second track is a guilty pleasure; not gonna lie.

bloc
September 23rd 2010


53033 Comments


So you're saying you enjoy a song titled Porn Star Dancing?


Although it features Mr. Wylde...Gonna check out for teh siqq solo.

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Fravashis
September 23rd 2010


3 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Intothepit: I'm saying that they essentially sold themselves to Mr. Kroeger it seems to get a shot at making it big. I thought it was fairly self explanatory, but I've been wrong before.



bloc: Wylde's guitar work carries the song, ive tried to imagine the song without it and it just doesn't work.

bloc
September 23rd 2010


53033 Comments


I just listened to the song and it actually is not bad at all, wow. I like the inclusion of Ludacris and Chad Kroeger too.

Emim
September 23rd 2010


27657 Comments


Hey, I did say it's a guilty pleasure. At least it tries to change things up a bit, which is surprising considering Chad AND Ludacris guest on it.

Intothepit: I'm saying that they essentially sold themselves to Mr. Kroeger it seems to get a shot at making it big. I thought it was fairly self explanatory, but I've been wrong before.


I understood what you meant.

ThePalestMexican
September 23rd 2010


2816 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

My sister owns this album

Pure crap

canonshooterhv20
September 26th 2010


1 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

This idea that every band has to stick to their roots in order to be good or they "sold out" is getting old. If they are coming out with a product people enjoy, they didn't sold out, they did what they needed to do within their talent scope to create something people enjoy. When people say they are trying to be "different" all the time, it leads to a bunch of people doing the same thing, which is exactly opposite of the goal attempted. What is the point of being a non conformist when everyone is doing that?



I enjoyed the sound of this album and this style of not trying to go so hardcore into their sound. Every bar band you see is trying to get that hardcore sound, and it gets old really quick. I see this album, and especially the single track, as a good step int he direction of having some staying power with catchy tunes that people will enjoy. The first step in the direction out of the popular music arena and back to bar gigs is putting out music most won't enjoy. The reviewers here need to take that into account.

Fravashis
September 27th 2010


3 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

I wish I could agree with you canon. I have no problem with a band changing their sound, if they can do it well. Thats the problem here. The tracks when they tried to sound like jock rock ala nickel back, the album fell flat and lost its momentum with the exception of Pornstar Dancing. Pornstar dancing is carried by its guest appearances though, but thats another story. The tracks where my darkest days are at their best is in their 'old' sound. If they had pulled off the jock rock well I would have probably enjoyed it because I enjoy Pornstar Dancing as a guilty pleasure, but the other tracks just arent good.

Dylan620
November 18th 2010


4248 Comments


"But why would Zakk give a damn about My Darkest Days?"

According to Wikipedia, he's friends with Chad, so apparently that's why.

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Yuma310
March 14th 2011


1656 Comments


The girls at my work listen to this garbage, at least with nickelback it's a given but this...

"Pornstar dancing is carried by its guest appearances"

I agree, Without these the song would have been even more mediocre

Emim
March 15th 2011


27657 Comments


AND THAT'S PORRRRN STARRR DANCING


HEY

1SecondToDie
November 17th 2011


35 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Actually I expected something much worser... maybe it`s not the best album in genre, but it`s kinda solid work. I agree with some of you, MDD is good with songs like Come Undone and Every Lie, but they are young guys... So, when time is come they forget about shakeyourhand songs and will start playing dark ballads. I hope they will. Much potential to grow.

ccmsdaman
April 1st 2013


7 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Had so much potential but... Mr. Kroeger. Just look at Porn Star Dancing, pretty much sums it up

Toondude10
April 14th 2013


13388 Comments


*sigh* and this is the band the new Three Days Grace vocalist is from huh? Sad.

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